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Uses

Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Colutea x media.

Material uses

This species has an extensive root system and is useful for planting on dry sunny banks for stabilizing the soil[1]. Plants can be grown as a hedge[1].
There are no material uses listed for Colutea x media.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Colutea x media.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Hedge


Earth stabiliser


Nitrogen fixer

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - pre-soak for 24 hours in hot water and sow late winter in a greenhouse[2]. Scarification can help speed up the germination process[3]. Germination can be slow and erratic[1], though treated seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 months at 20°c[3]. As soon as they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. This species is a hybrid and so is unlikely to breed true from seed. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7 - 10cm with a heel, July/August in a frame[4]. Cuttings are not very long-lived[4].

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Cultivation

Requires a well-drained soil and a sunny sheltered position[5][1]. Succeeds in poor and in dry soils, growing well on sunny banks[5]. Tolerates atmospheric pollution and salt-laden winds[1].

Plants are hardy to about -20°c[1]. Flowers are produced on the current year's growth[1]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[1].

This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[1].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Colutea x media. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Colutea x media.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Colutea x media
Genus
Colutea
Family
Leguminosae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
6
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Strong wind
  • Maritime exposure
Ecosystems
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
None listed.
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Life
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
Mature Size
3 x 3 meters
Fertility
?
Pollinators
?
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type












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